Date: Monday, 19 September 2016

Cyclists Emma Foy and Laura Thompson took the first bronze, in the road cycling women's race (Race B).

Foy and Thompson, who added the medal to the silver they picked up in the women's B 3000m individual pursuit, finished with a time of 1:59.33, behind pairings from Ireland and Poland.

The Polish and Irish tandem's led for most of the race, but the Kiwi's cleared out from the chasing pack on the second lap. They got within 20 seconds of the Irish, but could not quite reel them in.

Foy only entered Para-Cycling three years ago and is the rookie of the pair, with Thompson one of the most experienced tandem pilots in the world.

Thompson, who won a gold, silver and bronze at London in 2012 with former stoker Phillipa Gray, said a really hard campaign with Thompson had paid off.

"We were really happy with how the ride went today, it was gutsy and we are thrilled to come away with a bronze medal."

Foy said she was stoked to win two medals at her first Paralympics.

"It has been great having Laura as my pilot, I learnt so much from her about what a Paralympic Games would be like and it really helped me prepare."

The junior tandem pairing of Amanda Cameron and Hannah van Kampen finished in 11th place in the same event.

Photo courtesy Getty, article Stuff

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